SARASOTA, Fla. -- A Missouri ex-con told deputies that the blood covering a car was from hitting a deer. But forensics disagreed.
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80-year-old Leslie Achter is now charged with Possession of an Altered Firearm and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, a resident called 911 Tuesday night, saying a car covered in blood was in front of his property on Clark Road just of I-75, and it may have been in an accident.
Arriving deputies found Achter at the scene with a cut on his arm. Achter says he was a passenger in the car, and said they hit a deer and the driver fled the scene.
On the way to the hospital EMS noticed a firearm cylinder pin fall out of Achter's pocket. He later admitted there was a firearm hidden in the vehicle. Investigators later located a revolver in the trunk with the barrel cut off and the serial numbers removed.
A forensic crew also confirmed that the blood was not from an animal.
The Missouri Department of Corrections confirmed that Achter had recent been released from prison and is a convicted felon. Past convictions include Manslaughter, Aggravated Stalking, and Escape.